UMBC senior Christine Skala broke UMBC's career digs mark in her final game.
Binghamton, N.Y. – The UMBC women’s volleyball team (11-18, 4-8 AE) dropped a 3-1 (30-20, 30-26, 26-30, 30-22) decision to Binghamton (18-11, 10-2 AE) on Sunday afternoon in the Retrievers’ season finale. UMBC senior Christine Skala (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale South) broke the Retrievers’ school record for career digs in the match, recording 19 on the day to surpass 1,475 digs set by Tracey Collins and set the new UMBC record at 1,482 career digs.
With the win, Binghamton set its best home record for the Bearcats since the jump to Division I and secured the No. 2 seed for the America East Conference Tournament held at Albany next weekend.
Katie Brody produced a season-high 22 kills in the match as the Bearcats took control with wins in the first two sets, hitting .410 in the first set and .204 in the second set.
In the third game, with the Bearcats up 11-10, junior Jessie Folk (S. Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) delivered back-to-back aces to help UMBC go ahead of Binghamton as UMBC never relinquished that lead.
UMBC hung tough and trailed 16-14 in the fourth game until Binghamton used a 8-2 run to pull away from the Retrievers and win the game 30-22.
Four Bearcats finished in double figures after Ashley Meffert dished out 56 assists in the contest. Binghamton out blocked UMBC 11-6 while UMBC tallied 12 aces to Binghamton’s seven.
Folk and Julia Hood (Charlotte, N.C./West Charlotte) each tallied 13 kills to lead UMBC. Megan Gross (Montclair, Va./Forest Park) dished out 42 assists with 10 digs for a double-double.
The America East Championship will take place on the campus of Albany with the semifinal matches to begin on Nov. 18. In the first semifinal match will be No. 4 Stony Brook versus No. 1 Albany at 5:30. In the second semifinal of the day No. 2 seeded Binhamton will face No. 3 Maine at 8 p.m. The Championship match will be will take place on November 19 at 5 p.m.